12 Components of a Strong Vision Health System of Care: Part 2-Vision Screening Tools and Procedures and Vision Health for Children With Special Health Care Needs

P. Kay Nottingham Chaplin, Kira Baldonado, Martha Dewey Bergren, Stacy Ayn Lyons, M Kathleen Murphy, Geoffrey E. Bradford

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Successful vision screening efforts require the implementation of 12 key components of a strong vision health system of care. The National Center for Children's Vision and Eye Health (NCCVEH) at Prevent Blindness partnered with the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) to provide guidance around these 12 components via a Vision and Eye Health webpage on the NASN website ( https://www.nasn.org/nasn-resources/practice-topics/vision-health ). This online resource is organized according to the 12 Components of a Strong Vison Health System of Care to support school nurses accountable for screening the vision of preschool and K-12 students. This NCCVEH/NASN webpage addresses key activities that support a child's vision health-beginning with parent/caregiver education and ending with an annual evaluation of the school's vision health system. Each of these 12 components will be described in NASN School Nurse. The May 2019 installment provided information about the 12 components approach as a whole and details on Family Education and a Comprehensive Communication/Approval Process. This installment describes Components 3 and 4: Vision Screening Tools and Procedures and Vision Health for Children with Special Health Care Needs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)195-201
Number of pages7
JournalNASN school nurse (Print)
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1 2019
Externally publishedYes



  • children with special health care needs
  • instrument-based screening
  • optotype-based screening
  • school nursing
  • vision screening

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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